|John McKean in 1987|
* Suits and countersuits are filed throughout the 1970s, with no resolution. Then, on Memorial Day weekend, 1980, Helmsley dispatches a construction crew to fence in the North Park in preparation for its demolition. McKean grabs a bullhorn and takes to the street. The community rallies to the cause, pulling the fence down. They file a restraining order, and sleep in the parks until it is approved.
* The battle continues for several more years, until Helmsley finally yields in 1985, selling off his interests in Tudor City. The complex -- including the parks -- is landmarked in 1988.
* McKean remains president of the Tudor City Association until his death in 1993. A plaque honoring his inestimable contribution to the community (below) is installed in the North Park the following year.